Patricia A. Champion, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Associate Dean for Research, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
215 Jordan Hall of Science
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Patricia Champion is the associate dean for research, graduate and postdoctoral studies and a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. She directs the research, graduate and postdoctoral affairs of the College of Science, and is liaison to the Notre Dame Research and the Graduate School.

Champion earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Carnegie Mellon University. She earned her doctoral degree in molecular biology from Princeton University, before working as postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, San Francisco. She was hired as an assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame in 2009 and was promoted to professor in 2021.

As a member of the Notre Dame biology faculty, Champion has served extensively on the Academic Council, representing the College of Science. She was the inaugural Director for Postdoctoral Studies in the College of Science, where she designed and implemented a postdoctoral training program. She has earned several awards, including the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2018, the James A. Burns,C.S.C award in 2023 for outstanding faculty mentorship, and was named a fellow of AAAS in 2022.

Champion’s research focuses on the mechanisms of bacterial disease. Her laboratory studies the fundamental biology of how bacteria cause tuberculosis, with a focus on the molecular mechanisms used by the bacteria to interact with the host.